One of the most common (and silly) arguments that people get into at the heart of the NFL and college football season is, “Who would win: The best college football team, or the worst NFL team?” The typical answer is the NFL team, and usually by four or more touchdowns. But with the XFL making waves after a successful Week 1, a new question is emerging: “Who would win: The 2019 LSU national championship team, or an XFL team?”
On Wednesday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, Patrick fielded the question and posed it to USA TODAY oddsmaker Danny Sheridan. The Vegas insider explained that while it’s too early to accurately give an answer, an early line would likely favor the DC Defenders (1-0) or the Houston Roughnecks (1-0) by a touchdown.
Houston and DC were two of the better performers in Week 1. Both scored over 30 points in victories over the LA Wildcats and Seattle Dragons respectively.
But as good as the Defenders and the Roughnecks were in their debut wins, there are still all kinds of questions as to what kind of teams they are. Their rosters consist largely of NFL castoffs and failed trialists.
LSU, on the other hand, is poised to send as many as a dozen players to the NFL – including star QB Joe Burrow. There’s a case to be made that Burrow would already be the best QB in the entire XFL – despite having never played in an NFL game.
The NFL offensive line argument, which is typically used to defeat the college vs. NFL argument, also doesn’t apply. Offensive line play has been one of the biggest struggles of the XFL on the field so far.
Throw in the fact that LSU had years of chemistry, while many of the XFL teams are only a few months old, and you have a recipe for a fascinating matchup.
Who would win: The 2019 LSU Tigers, or any XFL team?